Great recovery for Soomer as Iozzo scores first World Championship point at Imola
Hannes Soomer and Dino Iozzo produced two stunning rides for Racedays in the latest round of the Supersport and Supersport 300 World Championships at the iconic Imola circuit in Italy.
Soomer finished in a very credible 16th position, after starting from the back row of the grid following a crash in qualifying.
From the start of the 17 lap WorldSSP encounter Soomer was on form, moving forward through the field with relative ease with another display of overtaking that many would be proud of.
Whilst the #38 rider was unable to add points to his current season tally the team are full of praise for the Baltic Bullet, and are fully focused on racing at the sharp end at the UK round at Donington Park in a fortnight.
The WorldSSP300 race, round three of the series, will be one to remember for Raceday’s Dino Iozzo who fought hard, making up 15 places from his 30th position on the grid to finish 15th scoring a maiden World Championship point in the process.
The result for Iozzo and the team is also significant for another reason they achieved the first point scoring finish for Honda this year!
Iozzo who has made significant steps on each of the three races held this year now heads to another new venue – the 2.5 mile Donington Park circuit in Leicestershire full of confidence and ready to add to his points tally.
Hannes Soomer – 16th:
“It was as difficult as a weekend gets. I had a big crash in FP2 and also in the first lap of Superpole which meant I would start at the back of the grid in 32nd place. In the race I tried to come through the pack as quick as possible but could only manage16th. I made a few mistakes in the last laps which cost me the chance to get some more points. We understand more and more what we’re missing every race which gives us the opportunity to work hard in the right direction in the next races. I want to say big thanks to the team for the incredibly hard work all weekend and for my sponsors for making this possible.”
Dino Iozzo – 15th:
“We arrived at Imola which was a very technical track. After the first session I had really come to terms with the track and improved a lot in the 2nd session by dropping 3 seconds a lap. I felt really confident for qualifying and got my best start position of the year in 30th place. I had a really strong start and managed to stick with the group even progressing through it to get my very first world championship point. A big big thanks to my team and all my sponsors.”
Mike Dickinson – Team Manager:
“An excellent weekend overall for the team at Imola. A few problems in practice for Hannes and a crash on the out lap in Superpole meant he would start at the back of the grid. A very determined ride saw him move through the field into 16th place, quite an achievement in this catagory. I would like to thank the 600 crew for a couple of very late nights rebuilding Hannes’s bike back to pristine condition meaning we coudld be in the fight. Dino’s development as a world championship rider took a very positive step forward and proved once again that hard work and commitment delivers results. The whole team wish to congratulate him on his first world championship point in 15th place after a fantastic race. We now move on to historic Donington Park and hope to continue the good results.”